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David Broza’s Jerusalems

“[What’s So Funny ‘Bout] Peace Love & Understanding” David Broza asks, in his recording of Nick Lowe’s song on his new CD, “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem.” That song, with the accompaniment of the Jerusalem Youth Chorus of the Jerusalem International YMCA – a group of Jewish and Arab teens -- is now being played regularly on Galei Zahal, Israel Army Radio.

David Broza. Photo by Michael Datikash

Remembering Sid Caesar

Comedy great Sid Caesar died on Wednesday at age 91, at his home in Beverly Hills.  His pioneering work in television in the 1950s, with “Your Show of Shows,” spawned television’s golden age. I interviewed Caesar in November 2003 when his book  “My Life in Comedy, With Love and Laughter" was published.  Some excerpts of that interview follow.

Sid Caesar, 1922 - 2014

National Jewish Book Awards Announced

Yossi Klein Halevi’s “Like Dreamers” was named the 2013 Jewish Book of the Year by the Jewish Book Council. The National Jewish Book Awards were announced in 17 categories, with Klein and other Israelis winning key prizes.

A Virtual Tour Of Tel Aviv Architecture

A graphic artist’s search for a new apartment in Tel Aviv has resulted in a spectacular new website documenting some of the White City’s most distinctive buildings.

Avner Gicelter, 44 Balfour Street.

For 'Innocents' Author, A Triple Crown Of Fetes

Francesca  Segal has won the triple crown of Jewish book awards for her first novel, “The Innocents”.  She now adds Hadassah Magazine's prestigious Harold U. Ribalow Prize to the 2013 Sami Rohr prize for Jewish Literature and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction.

Francesca Segal accepts Hadassah’s 2013 Ribalow Prize from Shira Nadich Levin, niece of Harold Ribalow. Tal Atzmon

Matti Friedman Wins Rohr Prize

Matti Friedman was awarded the largest Jewish literary prize, the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, for "The Aleppo Codex” (Algonquin). His book, published in 2012, traces the unusual history and complicated provenance of the precious manuscript, considered to be the authoritative text of the Bible. The codex was hand-written about a thousand years ago.

A New New Month Tradition, At Drisha

For the new month of Elul, songwriter Elie Lichtschein introduces his “mysti-folk” version of Hallel to New York. Lichtschein has composed new melodies for the psalms that are traditionally chanted on Rosh Hodesh, the beginning of the new Jewish month.

Elie Lichtschein

Midnight In Times Square


Tonight at 11:57, and every night through the end of August, those passing through Times Square will have the opportunity to see artist Jack Goldstein’s film “The Jump” on more than 15 large digital screens, usually displaying ads.

Jack Goldstein, "The Jump," 1978,16mm color silent film. Courtesy of Galerie Daniel Buchholz and the Estate of Jack Goldstein

Natalie Portman To Direct, Write And Star In Amos Oz’s “A Tale Of Love And Darkness”

Natalie Portman will be making her debut as a feature film director with her own adaptation of Amos Oz’s 2002 memoir, “A Tale of Love and Darkness” – and she plans to play his troubled mother.

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A Book For A Better Future

Writers, critics and publishers keep trying to refine their definition of a Jewish book, whether it’s a Jewish author, subject, or just sensibility. After meeting Molly Melching when she spoke at a breakfast sponsored by the American Jewish World Service, I’d vote to stretch the category. “However Long the Night,” which was written about Melching’s tremendous humanitarian work in helping African women, is essential reading – it’s a book about transforming the world.

Photo courtesy Tostan
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